Are Dilute Alkali Gas Condensates Superfluid?

  • Close, John David (PI)

    Project: Research

    Project Details

    Description

    Despite the importance of a weakly interacting Fermi gas to areas as diverse as stellar evolution, conduction in metals, and the nuclear shell model, its realisation has eluded us. With the new cooling techniques developed for the study of Bose-Einstein condensates, its realisation now appears possible. We aim to produce, and study the first dilute, weakly interacting Fermi gas by cooling a cloud of potassium to temperatures less than one millionth of a degree above absolute zero. This step, fascinating in itself, is the first on the path to cooling a dilute Fermi gas to a new superfluid state.
    StatusFinished
    Effective start/end date1/01/0031/12/02

    Funding

    • Australian Research Council (ARC): A$182,000.00

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